Zoladex, with the generic name goserelin acetate, is a fertility drug that comes in the form of an injectable implant. This gonadotropin releasing hormone superagonist (GnRH agonist) is also known as a luteinizing hormone releasing hormone (LHRH) agonist and is an alternative to Lurpon and Synarel. By helping to control estrogen, this injectable medication can control ovulation, treat symptoms of endometriosis, and preserve fertility during certain chemotherapy treatments.
Doctors may prescribe Zoladex to men to treat prostate cancer or to women to treat breast cancer. This implant can also help treat uterine fibroids, reduce the symptoms of endometriosis, a common cause of infertility, and prepare the uterus for surgery to control abnormal bleeding. In fertility treatments, doctors may prescribe this injectable medication to help control the timing of ovulation, ensuring the mature eggs are released at the ideal time for harvesting. There is some evidence as well that when women are undergoing certain types of chemotherapy treatments for breast cancer, using this drug can be effective in helping preserve fertility, reducing the chance of ovarian failure and increasing the chance of a successful pregnancy versus not using Zoladex implant.
The medication is similar to the luteinizing hormone releasing hormone (LHRH) normally found in the body. This drug overstimulates the body's hormone production, causing the production of those hormones to shut down temporarily. When treating prostate or breast cancer, the drug reduces the amount of testosterone or estrogen, respectively, which can drive tumor growth. When the breast cancer treatment involves chemotherapy, the drug temporarily shuts down the ovaries, helping to protect the eggs from damage. When doctors use this medication to treat endometriosis, blocking the release of hormones like estrogen stops these hormonal signals from reaching the endometrial tissue, preventing the hormones from triggering a response that can cause pain and tissue enlargement.
In fertility treatments, this medication helps prevent ovulation temporarily. This can help time ovulation to happen when the mature eggs are ready for harvesting at the fertility clinic.
Your fertility doctor will tell you how and when to take it, and this may depend on which medical condition the drug is treating: cancer, endometriosis, or infertility. You can also refer to your Zoladex package insert and prescribing information for needle size and injection technique. Your doctor may administer a shot of 3.6 mg every 28 days, injecting the drug just under your skin below your navel. This implant will gradually dissolve, releasing the gosrelin. The drug is not currently available as tablets from Fertility Drugs Online.
If these side effects worsen or persist, seek medical attention. You should seek medical attention if you have any more serious side effects like
Rarely, this medication could cause pituitary apoplexy, which is a serious problem with the pituitary gland, within the first hour to two weeks after you receive this implant. Seek medical attention immediately if you have symptoms of pituitary apoplexy such as
Another rare negative effect of this medication a rise in blood sugar, which could worsen diabetes, so seek medical attention if you have symptoms of high blood sugar such as increased thirst and urination, and if you have diabetes, monitor your blood sugar regularly. Serious allergic reactions to this medicine are rare, but seek medical attention immediately if you have symptoms like
There are also some reports that the drug could cause weight gain. Side effects may be different in men, and these are not all the possible side effects.
Taking this medication should stop menstruation, so inform your doctor if you still have regular periods while taking this fertility drug. Your period should return within twelve weeks after you stop taking this medication. The drug can cause unusual results on some medical tests, so be sure to inform your doctors if you are taking this fertility drug. Keep the drug and needles out of the reach of children.
Your doctor may prescribe Zoladex along with gonadotropins for your fertility treatments. The gonadotropins can help stimulate follicles to grow in the ovaries, but the Zoladex will help delay the release of a mature egg from the ovaries until the time is right for the in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment. Sometimes doctors will prescribe this drug along with Tamoxifen, an estrogen antagonist. You may also use this medication along with fertility monitors and ovulation tests to help monitor the best time to conceive.
Endometriosis is the growth of uterine tissue outside of the uterus, in locations such as the ovaries. When this tissue grows in the ovaries, it responds to hormonal signals similarly to the tissue in the uterus itself, leading to tissue thickening and pain. Endometriosis in the ovaries can block the ovaries so that an egg cannot be released, and it may also interfere with the egg quality. This is a common cause of infertility in women, with about a third to half of all women with endometriosis experiencing fertility issues. However, many women with mild to moderate endometriosis do have successful pregnancies.
The high costs of fertility treatments can be a barrier to couples who hope to start a family, but as a Canadian pharmacy we offer affordable Zoladex injection and other fertility drugs. Talk to your fertility doctor, and if they feel this med is the best drug to treat your infertility, they will give you a prescription. You can then purchase the medication by submitting your prescription online or by phoning our customer service hotline. One of our partner pharmacies will fill your medicine prescription and send your fertility drugs to your home, with free shipping, so you can begin your fertility treatments and fulfill your goal of starting a family.